State Of Emergency declared in California due to current MonkeyPox Outbreak

State Of Emergency declared in California due to current MonkeyPox Outbreak

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the current monkeypox outbreak

The alert was issued to help the state health department to ramp up its vaccination, education and research efforts in response to the virus

The total count of MonkeyPox patients in California ia now 825, compared to 5,811 cases nationwide

As per Governor Gavin Newsom, California has administered 25,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine and received about 61,000 doses

"The state will ensure those most at risk for the disease would be the focus of vaccine efforts, using testing, contact tracing and community partnerships", stated by California Governor Gavin Newsom

The CDC has made the antiviral prescription drug tecovirimat available for monkeypox patients at risk of severe disease, but access is limited in California

"California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach," Gavin Newsom said

California becomes the 3rd state to make an emergency declaration because of the current monkeypox outbreak after New York and Illinois

The declaration allows emergency medical services personnel throughout California to administer FDA-approved monkeypox vaccines

World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, however the Biden administration has not issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration